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Episode 1 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy debuts

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The first installment in the Mortal Kombat: Legacy 12-part web series has hit the Internet. Don't let the fact that the director of the Fame remake sat behind the camera on this; there's no dancing to be found in the premiere and I doubt that there will be any in the 11 segments left to come.

Director Kevin Tancharoen hatched the idea of a grittier Mortal Kombat live-action story that owes more to Seven than any earlier MK predecessor. Last year Tancharoen made a proof of concept trailer showing updated interpretations of classic Mortal Kombat characters like Sonya Blade, Scorpion, Baraka and Johnny Cage, eliminating the fantasy elements from the first two MK movies and video game series in favor of more action grounded in the real world.

When Warner Bros. Games began development of a new Mortal Kombat video game, the studio thought that some synergy could help promote the new look of the game, so they commissioned Tancharoen's vision of a web series to come out during the run-up to the game's April release. And so here we are today: with the first episode of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and a whole new way to walk in the MK universe.

 

-Machinima.
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And it's pretty damn good.  It is already better than the second movie.

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yeah i liked it... it's nothing like the second movie because it's nothing like what we've come to expect from previous movie adaptations of the GAME Mortal Kombat.

this looked more like a slick produced cop show with high production values and quality TV actors that can get the job done correctly.... how many are they planning on making of this anyway?

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

I'd venture a guess and say they'll make eleven more of these.

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The only thing this has in common with Mortal Kombat is the names of the characters. There's also some hand-to-hand combat, I guess. When you eliminate all the fantasy elements from the series, it's just another action movie without many remarkable features.

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Kevin Tancharoen is a perfect example of how you can't discount a director and his abilities based on his early career work. Fame was his in. It was a chance to direct a major motion picture, which few of us will ever get a shot to do. But if he was tapped to direct an actual feature film with this property prior to the initial short, the fanboys would be up in arms, because heaven forbid the director of Fame have the vision to succeed with such a different property. All it takes is a unique vision and the ability to execute it, and that's what he seems to be doing here.

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Mal Shot First wrote:

The only thing this has in common with Mortal Kombat is the names of the characters. There's also some hand-to-hand combat, I guess. When you eliminate all the fantasy elements from the series, it's just another action movie without many remarkable features.

This is spot on.

I like how it tries to be "gritty" and modern, yet has a big fight in a nondescript factory setting, like it wants to be an eighties movie.

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that non-descript factory uh... wait, wasnt that actually used as a coke warehouse in RoboCop? (not that i'm complaining because it really looked great in Robocop, and likewise it looks awesome here too)

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I believe it was in Commando.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

I believe it was in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos.

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It may have been Cobra.

The Swollen Goi...
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Speaking of Cobra, what's the number one rule of a factory-set final fight scene where there's a giant hook hanging from the ceiling?

The Swollen Goi...
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On second thought, I may be thinking of The Last Dragon or Terminator.

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I don't remember any giant hooks in those movies.

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I went back to thinking of final fight scenes with industrial backdrops/factory settings.  I had no giant hooks in mind. 

Sorry for shifting away from giant hooks without alerting you to the shift.

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I think it's trying to ground the franchise more in reality, but Scorpion still had his spear in the teaser last year, and how are they going to explain Sub-Zero? 

By the way, I think there are supposed to be 9 or 10 12-minute webisodes.

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Mal Shot First
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Didn't anybody at least read the first sentence of Patrick's post?

Patrick Sauriol wrote:

The first installment in the Mortal Kombat: Legacy 12-part web series has hit the Internet.

The Swollen Goi...
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I did.  What did I say to indicate I didn't?

Or am I not included in "anybody"?

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It's what you didn't say.

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You don't say!